Nationally Ranked Ole Miss Track Heads to the Plains
April 20, 2017


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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss Track & Field will take its nationally ranked men and women to fellow SEC school Auburn for this Friday and Saturday's War Eagle Invitational.

Coming off another successful weekend out in California, the Rebel men are 13th and the women are 18th in this week's USTFCCCA national rankings.

Men's teams competing in Auburn include No. 4 Alabama, No. 13 Ole Miss, No. 21 Auburn and No. 23 Virginia Tech. Women's teams include No. 16 Auburn, No. 17 Virginia Tech, No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 20 Alabama.

Events will run from 2-8:15 p.m. CT on Friday and 11:30 a.m. -- 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Ole Miss will send a large portion of its squad, with several of the distance runners getting the week off after last weekend's high-level Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

"A lot of our athletes will compete in their main events this weekend, so we're expecting them to go in and have some good performances. It's supposed to be nice weather. Hopefully some of them will rise up on the national lists.

"I think this outdoor season we've done a really good job of going in the right direction. Probably all of the event areas have gotten better continuously throughout the season. The assistant coaches have done a great job of getting everybody ready, and we're right on target as we gear up for SECs, Regionals and Nationals."

Notables:

  • Head coach Connie Price-Smith, who served as Team USA women's head coach in Rio and was elected to the USATF Hall of Fame in 2016, is in her second season at the Ole Miss helm.
  • Through the season's first four weekends, Rebel athletes have broken five school records a total of eight times.
  • As of April 20, Ole Miss would qualify for 15 men's entries and 25 women's entries in the NCAA East Preliminary.
  • Ole Miss athletes top the SEC in five events - men's 1500m (Craig Engels), men's steeplechase (MJ Erb), men's discus (Brian Williams), women's shot put (Raven Saunders) and women's discus (Janeah Stewart).
  • Senior Craig Engels is No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the world in the 1500m (3:37.75 at Bryan Clay Invitational), while he ranks seventh nationally and No. 2 in the SEC in the 800m (1:46.96 at Florida Relays).
  • Senior MJ Erb ran the second-fastest steeplechase time in the country (8:41.03) at the Mt. SAC Relays.
  • JUCO transfer Brian Williams has broken the Ole Miss discus record three times in 2017 ... He won the Tennessee Relays with a throw of 61.13m/200-7 that ranks him No. 5 in the NCAA this year.
  • Senior Dempsey McGuigan broke his own school record in the hammer (70.55m/231-5 at Mt. SAC) and ranks No. 7 nationally.
  • Junior Raven Saunders holds the shot put national lead and No. 2 in the world (18.51m/60-8.75 at Joe Walker Invitational) ... She was a 2016 Bowerman Finalist and Rio Olympian, as well as the SEC and NCAA outdoor shot put champion last year, setting meet records at both championships.
  • JUCO transfer Janeah Stewart has set PRs in shot put, discus and hammer this spring, ranking top nine in the NCAA in all three ... She has broken the Ole Miss hammer throw record twice ... Her shot put PR of 17.86m/58-7.25 at the Tennessee Relays is No. 5 in the NCAA and No. 12 in the world this year.
  • Two Ole Miss women's records fell at the Mt. SAC Relays by junior Shelby Brown (10:14.20 3000m steeplechase) and senior Mary Alex England (16:12.19 5000m).
  • Ole Miss ranks No. 2 nationally in the USTFCCCA event rankings in both the men's 1500m and women's 10K.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.


 

 

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